Disney Legend Ron Logan Has Passed Away at the Age of 84
Today Disney is mourning the passing of a legend. The Company has just revealed that Ron Logan, who was responsible for revolutionizing entertainment for Disney passed away today in Florida at the age of 84. Logan was formerly the executive vice president and producer for Walt Disney Entertainment. In addition he was named a Disney Legend which is a prestigious honor given to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the company.
Among his many projects, Logan was instrumental in the productions of Fantasmic!, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Festival of the Line King, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show (Disneyland Paris) and many more!
Ron actually began his Disney career as a trumpet player at Disneyland where he even had the opportunity to meet Walt Disney! In 1978 after serving as the director of bands and jazz studies at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, Logan moved to Walt Disney World in Florida where we served as music director. He would move across the country again in 1980 to serve as Disneyland’s director of entertainment before moving back to Disney World two years later in the role of vice president of entertainment. In 1987 he was promoted to vice president of creative show development for all of Walt Disney Attractions!
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Logan’s last role with Disney was as the executive vice president, executive producer for Walt Disney Entertainment. In this position, he was responsible for creating, casting and producing all live entertainment products for The Walt Disney Company. This included at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Disney Cruise Line and more! Logan also served as executive vice president of Walt Disney Special Events and executive vice president of Disney Special programs. He produced all live entertainment shows for Disney parks worldwide as well as five Super Bowl halftime shows!
Logan also authored Walt Disney Entertainment: A Retrospective Look which takes readers through the evolution of Disney Entertainment from 1955 to 2000.
Logan and his team are also credited with coming up with the idea of bringing Beauty and the Beast to Broadway. The team would go one to bring screenwriter Linda Woolverton and songwriters Tim Rice and Alan Menken into the fold to adapt the classic songs written for the film to the stage. This led to the creation of Walt Disney Theatrical Productions which Ron served as the president of during the early years of Disney on Broadway.
Ron Logan retired from the Walt Disney Company in 2001 but would continue to pursue musical endeavors well into his retirement! After his retirement, Logan was honored with his very own window on Main Street USA in Walt Disney World. Next time you in the Magic Kingdom see if you can find the window for the “Main Street Music Co.” with words that read “Ron Logan, Leading the Band into a New Century.
Our deepest condolences go out to Ron family, friends and colleagues including h is wife Carol and daughters Shery Logan and Michelle Haney..
Source: The Walt Disney Company